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Dh & I really need to get ourselves on a better track to financial health. We do try, but I feel like I need direction. So, I would love suggestions for the best books to read regarding debt reduction, financial freedom, frugal living, etc.<br><br>
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In general, <i>Your Money or Your Life</i> and <i>The Total Money Makeover</i> are considered the best starting points. I have found the book <i>Affluenza</i> to be eye-opening and read it periodically as a reminder of why I try to curb my tendency toward consumerism, and <i>The Millionaire Next Door</i> is also supposed to be very inspiring as well.<br><br>
I'm sure the others will have more detailed recommendations!
 

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Definitely, definitely, all of the above, plus <i>The Tightwad Gazette</i> books.<br><br>
Right now I'm reading <i>America's Cheapest Family</i>.
 

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This is the book that inspires me the most.
 

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I second The Tightwad Gazette. It may cause you to call her parenting methods into question at times, but there are a ton of awesome frugal tips. It's easy to read two or three tips if you literally only have five minutes to sit down and have time for yourself, so it's great if you have only short spurts of time to read. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><i>Your Money or Your Life</i></div>
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now you got me wanting to visit amazon...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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I just read <i>The Total Money Makeover</i> and Y<i>our Money Your Life</i> in the last 2 weeks. Both were very good. Now I'm trying to decide between <i>Affluenza</i> and <i>Millionare Next Doo</i>r for my next read. I'm also trying to find a good bone head introductory book on investing. I know NOTHING and need something written for complete idiots if anyone has any suggestions.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
now you got me wanting to visit amazon...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
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No, join paperbackswap.com! What an amazing site, I love it. Even if you don't have any books to list, you can buy credits for $3.45 each (that's the updated price) and order books from anyone on the site. That's less than just the shipping cost on half.com! You can make a wish list and they'll e-mail you when books on your list get posted, and they'll hold books that come up on your list for 48 hours. Its awesome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Or, uh, go to your library. Yeah, that's the really frugal response <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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join BookMooch, at <a href="http://www.bookmooch.com" target="_blank">www.bookmooch.com</a>. Basically you list books you own & don't want anymore & get credit for them. When someone wants one you send it to them & pay the postage, but you can also browse the BookMooch inventory & request titles & their owners pay postage to send those to you. It is great. I second Tightwad Gazette as a great resource.
 

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Thanks... keep 'em coming.<br><br>
Dh & I both read "The Millionare Next Door" several years ago. And I have had the "Tightwad Gazette" big volumes for many years. I think I need to go back and re-read them.<br><br>
We have some cc debt that we really need to get rid of once and for all. I find it overwhelming trying to keep our family running, fixing up our house, saving for college/retirement, and living on 1.5 incomes, etc.
 

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I like <i>Making the Most of Your Money</i> by Jane Bryant Quinn. It's not about frugality so much, but it's a good, basic primer on everything money-related. The author is a NY Times columnist.
 

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We really like <a href="http://www.simpleliving.net/main/item.asp?itemid=692" target="_blank">The Simple Living Guide</a> by Janet Luhrs.
 

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I also liked Debt Proof Living by Mary Hunt. The book has a nice explanation of how to save for and keep track of expenses that always come, but may not be paid on a monthly basis (insurances, car repairs, clothing, etc).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We really like <a href="http://www.simpleliving.net/main/item.asp?itemid=692" target="_blank">The Simple Living Guide</a> by Janet Luhrs.</div>
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This is such an AMAZING book. No matter what's going on for you financially it immediately gives you a sense of hope and empowerment. Also 'Chop Wood , Carry Water'.
 

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I love The Tightwad Gazette...it made me look at saving money in a whole new light -- I now think of it as "saving money" instead of depriving myself.<br><br>
She really changed my philosophy and made me stop whining so much about what we don't have (which, incidentally, is...money).<br><br>
We have a lot more of it now after reading Amy Dacyczyn's books. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I also loved Dave Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover" and all his books. He definitely inspired me to work harder at staying out of debt.
 

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Oh...another one I love is "Simplify Your Life" by Elaine St. James.<br><br>
I know everyone has already read this book since it came out in the 80s or something and you find a gazillion copies of it at garage sales...but I really did like it.<br><br>
Because simplifying your life definitely leads to saving money...she recommends moving to a smaller house, selling your boat, stop collecting material things...apparently a simple life is also a very frugal one.
 

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Simplify your life and the tightwad gazette are my favs. I checked out 2 Dave Ramsey books and I enjoyed them, but dh feels that his methods are more about deprivation and he can't get behind it completely so I find myself being more frugal as a way to save toward debt management and the future if that makes sense. Amy has helped me tremendously!
 
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